329 Footes in the ground!

Putting 329 best Footes forward – One of Australia’s rarest plants Grevillea Calliantha also known as Footes Grevillea has been given a new lease on life with a translocation site of 329 new individuals planted to provide a strong hold for the species.

This project has helped to preserve and improve the trajectory of wild Foote’s Grevillea populations, with only 6 wild populations left it was in dire need of attention. Collaboration between private landholders, the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions, and NACC NRM staff will hopefully stop the extinction of one of our most beautiful and endemic flora species.

The translocation was the final stage of this project, after protecting, supplementary planting, and enhancing other sites over the course of last year. We achieved this wonderful outcome with our project partners by collecting and propagating Footes from both seed and vegetative matter which have now found themselves a new home safe and sound in a specially chosen and fully fenced translocation site. The team at Kings Park Botanical Gardens and Parks Authority provided excellent quality plants for the translocation, and with some good winter rain to settle them in, we are sure they will do well.  

Leonie Monks DBCA said ‘It was great to be involved with the largest ever planting of Foote’s Grevillea. This planting, along with the other recovery efforts undertaken as part of this project, will ensure Foote’s Grevillea will continue to survive and thrive’.  

NACC’s school based trainee Paige Kirby said ‘I really enjoyed being involved in this project. Planting these precious plants into their home where I hope they will thrive for generations to come was very rewarding’.    

This project was supported by NACC NRM with funding from the Australian Governments National Landcare Program.

Jarna Kendle – Senior Biodiversity Officer

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